Spring Wreath

By  Patricia Rawlinson 

  • Birdhouse at Top
  • Birdhouse at Bottom


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Avocado, Celery Green, Cool Neutral, Dried Basil Green, Dusty Rose, Gooseberry Pink, Light Avocado, Mauve, Moon Yellow, Plantation Pine, Soft Sage, Warm White, Yellow Ochre
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Filbert Stencil Brush, Series R1114, X-Large; Majestic: Filbert, Series R4170, #4; Golden Taklon: Comb, Series R730, 1/2”; Aqualon: Liner, Series R2595, #1; Royal Fusion: Shader, Series R3150, #8, #12
  • Exterior Varnish
  • Clapham’s Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish
  • DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackling Medium
  • Embellishments (wood medallion, miniature wood butterfly, crystal butterflies) from Michaels Craft Store
  • Four-season wreath with butterfly house from Patricia Rawlinson

Pattern - Spring Wreath

  • Preparation
  • 1. Print out pattern.
  • 2. Base one side of wreath Lt. Avocado. Let dry. Base again; while wet, slip-slap with Celery Green and Avocado keeping areas light where hydrangeas will be positioned. Add a little Soft Sage to Celery Green areas to lighten again.
  • 3. Transfer basic pattern details.
  • Hydrangeas
  • 1. Slip-slap random Dried Basil Green petal shapes to establish foundation. In same manner, slip-slap random Cool Neutral petal shapes over Dried Basil Green shapes. Add distinct Cool Neutral petals shapes in center of area; brighten with Warm White. Add Yellow Ochre centers.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Shade Plantation Pine at base and lightly along edges allowing paint to fade and run out on edges to establish faint leaf shapes; shade center vein.
  • Dragonflies
  • 1. Base body, head, and wings Cool Neutral. Add Moon Yellow accents to wings. Overstroke body and head with brush mix of Gooseberry Pink and Dusty Rose allowing some base color to show.
  • Butterflies
  • 1. Base head and body of sideways butterfly, and all wings with brush mix of Gooseberry Pink and Dusty Rose; add touches of Celery Green to mix to slightly vary colors of each butterfly's wings. (Note: Back wing of sideways butterfly should be darker than front.) Add Warm White to mix of each wing color to highlight. Use brush mix of Mauve and Plantation Pine to paint detailing on open winged butterflies.
  • 2. Base bodies and head of open winged butterflies Yellow Ochre; highlight with brush mix of Yellow Ochre and Warm White and shade with brush mix of Plantation Pine and Mauve. Shade some wing edges with Plantation Pine to blend into wreath.
  • Butterfly House
  • 1. Base house Plantation Pine and roof Gooseberry Pink. Apply crackle medium, in patches, up and down front of house. Let dry. Apply heavy Dried Basil Green in up and down direction. Let dry. Streak front with Cool Neutral and a touch of Gooseberry Pink. Add thinned Plantation Pine "butterfly slots" as shown.
  • 2. Base medallion Dried Basil Green; dry brush with Gooseberry Pink. Use glue gun to glue wood butterfly, crystal butterflies, and medallion as shown, or embellish as desired.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use Plantation Pine to shade along inner and outer edges of wreath. Add loose Gooseberry Pink outline border; highlight with equal mix of Gooseberry Pink and Dusty Rose.
  • 2. Spatter wreath with thinned Plantation Pine avoiding lighter areas, then spatter entire wreath Gooseberry Pink, and finally spatter Moon Yellow over flowers.
  • 3. Dry brush Gooseberry Pink here and there for an appearance of more butterflies; allow some pink to touch some flower edges.
  • 4. Apply several varnish coats. Let dry thoroughly. Follow manufacturer's directions to apply several wax coats. (Note: Reapply wax seasonally as needed to safe-guard against weather.) Attach butterfly house to bottom of wreath. Use ribbon to hang wreaths.